SAN JOSE’s Hardest-to-Spell AND Pronounce Street Name

When I was in the 7th grade Spelling Bee at Castillero Middle School in San Jose (go Cobras!), I was eliminated when I misspelled “EnginEER” as EnginIER.”  Oops.  The student right after me got the word, “Bonus.”  So not fair.

I’m pretty sure neither of us could’ve correctly spelled San Jose’s hardest-to-spell street name:


Do you recognize the street? The area? It’s in downtown San Jose, near Woz Way. Near the purple Children’s Discovery Museum.

I pass it on my way to Sharks games, concerts at City National Civic (San Jose Civic), and to eat at San Pedro Square Market, which I love because it’s like having two food courts next to each other.

It’s Auser…I mean….Auzuhray…er…uh…Awzeray…um…



Auzerais Ave.!


Now that you can spell it, your next challenge is to pronounce it 🙂


*Aw-zer-ay-us  (“aw” rhymes with “saw,” and zer-ay-us rhymes with “betray us”)


It was named after John Auzerais, an early pioneer of San Jose.



– Chris Jackson





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